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Birdsongs @Boston Cyberarts Gallery

  • Boston Cyberarts Gallery 141 Green Street Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130 United States (map)

Friday – Sunday, October 13-15, 2017
Boston Cyberarts Hosts Mobius : Birdsongs
Joanne Rice and Tom Plsek

Installation is open 12-6 Friday through Sunday
Performance at 8pm each evening
Suggested donation of $20; $10 students, seniors

This performance and installation is by Joanne Rice and Tom Plsek with invited guests.  Birdsongs is a blurry intersection of our watching, thinking, understanding and ignorance of birds.  It is emphasized by the fact that since the 1970’s we have lost at least 50% of our songbirds. In some species of songbirds, all are gone already.  The canary-like role they play cannot be neglected much longer.

Trombone explorer Tom Plsek has been stretching trombones and our concepts of them for years.  His compositions include pieces for ensembles and solo trombone often incorporate improvisation, technology, and performance art.  Tom has performed with such artists as Jerry Hunt, Malcolm Goldstein, Phill Niblock, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Joe Morris, Marjorie Morgan, and with the Outsider Quartet.  He has performed at New Music American in 1983 and 1986.  He is a member of the Mobius Artists Group and Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The Gu series, a monthly performance series created with Marjorie Morgan and based on one of the hexagrams from the I Ching, was selected by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten dance events in Boston for the year 2002.  He performed a solo concert at the Forfest Festival in Kromeriz, Czech Republic in the summer of 2004.  In May 2005 his piece “Collateral Damage Noted for 100+ musicians was premiered on Boston city hall plaza to critical acclaim. More recently he performed as guest composer/performer with EnsoArts in Galway, Ireland in November 2005, the Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany in May 2006 and the Acoustical Society of America in Providence, Rhode Island, in June 2006.  He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America for which he has given many presentations mostly about the use of technology with brass instruments.  He is featured on several recordings including "Firehouse Futurities," 1999: Rastascan Records (BRD038) and Tautology (005); and "Jump or Die; 21 Braxton Compositions 1992," Music and Arts (CD-843).  The CD “MVP LSD” with Joe Morris, guitar and John Voigt, bass was released in 2009 and has received numerous positive reviews.

Joanne Rice

It goes something like this:
she is at a nowhere place.
guardians snarl threats
sat the entrance to the endless space of serenity.

darkness erupts into unending awfulness.
a chasm opens.
she falls engulfed in flames
help help help......

inside the hollow space
made of stillness
she watches the spirits
pass through the stones.

Mobius Artists Group will be in residence at Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain for six weeks, from September 8 – October 15, 2017.  They will present four different programs that span the visual arts, performance art, video, and music, by group members as well as international artists.  The gallery is located at 141 Green Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, on the plaza level at the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line.